“Chelsea have previously insisted the club is not for sale, but the mood from the outside at least is changing and there is a feeling that Abramovich could be left with no other option, with his resolve to hang on to the club to be tested,” the report said.
It’s possible that Abramovich will be sanctioned in the UK, and have his assets frozen. If he does get sanctioned, this would cause a potential snag in bidders’ ability to buy the team from him.
Under Abramovich, who bought the team in 2003, Chelsea has been immensely successful. Since then, they have won five championships in the English Premier League, and twice won the Champions League — where they are currently the defending champs.